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Sylvanus Wosu

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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(2012) 2012 NAMEPA Outstanding MEP Award.

(2011) 2011 NAMEPA Outstanding Minority Engineering Program Director.

(2004) University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award.

(2001) University of Pittsburgh, Chancellor's Diversity Seminar Fellow.

(2000) Resolution and Recognition by NSF and Louisiana State for "Outstanding Achievement as an Advocate in the Promotion of Academic Excellence for Minorities - NSF-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

(1998) Kaleidoscope Faculty of 21st Century.

Recognized by NSF and AIChE for leadership and support of current and aspiring minority faculty in chemical engineering.

Recognized as a Member of Air Force FIVS Impact Physics Research Team.

Sigma Pi Sigma.

Sigma Xi.

Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor of Physics.

Ph.D., Engineering Physics; (Specialty: Experimental Nuclear Physics and Petroleum Geology), University of Oklahoma, 1988

M.S.E., Engineering Physics (Specialty: Quantum Electronics), University of Oklahoma, 1985

M.S., Industrial and Applied Physics (Specialty: Geophysics), Central Oklahoma State University, 1982

B.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1980

Wosu, S.N., & Xie, Q. (2016). Analysis of mode II fractured surfaces of graphite/epoxy laminates using SEM and optical reflectivity methods. FATIGUE & FRACTURE OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS & STRUCTURES, 39(3), 384-392.Wiley. doi: 10.1111/ffe.12386.

Xie, Q., & Wosu, S.N. (2016). The Effect of TaC Reinforcement on the Oxidation Resistance of CNTs/SiC CMCs. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE, 25(3), 874-883.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s11665-016-1921-y.

Xie, Q., & Wosu, S.N. (2016). Spark plasma sintering of TaC and/or CNTs reinforced SiC CMCs. JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS, 50(6), 739-749.SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/0021998315580832.

Xie, Q., & Wosu, S.N. (2015). Dynamic Fracture Toughness of TaC/CNTs/SiC CMCs Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering. ADVANCES IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 2015, 1-8.Hindawi Limited. doi: 10.1155/2015/510356.

Wosu, S.N., & Xie, Q. (2014). The Effect of Penetrator Geometry on the Dynamic Response of Woven Graphite/Epoxy Composites. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE, 23(3), 833-842.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s11665-013-0824-4.

Wosu, S.N., & Xie, Q. (2014). Dynamic Behavior of Laminated Graphite Epoxy Composite Under High Strain Rate Perforation Loading. Journal of Materials Science Research, 3(1), 30-42.

Allazadeh, M.R., & Wosu, S.N. (2012). High Strain Rate Compressive Tests on Wood. STRAIN, 48(2), 101-107.Wiley. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-1305.2010.00802.x.

Allazadeh, M.R., & Wosu, S.N. (2012). Characterization of Compressive Damage Behavior of Steel and Aluminum. Journal of Materials Science Research, 1(1).

Turan, F., Allazadeh, M.R., & Wosu, S.N. (2012). Effects of the Loading Direction on High Strain Rate Behavior of Woven. Journal of Materials Science Research, 1(2).

Turan, F., Allazadeh, M.R., & Wosu, S.N. (2012). Effect of the Contact Geometry on High Strain Rate Behavior of Woven Graphite/Epoxy Composites. Journal of Materials Science Research, 1(1).

Wosu, S.N., Hui, D., & Daniel, L. (2012). Hygrothermal Effects on the Dynamic Compressive Properties of Graphite/Epoxy Composite Material. Composites Part B, 43(2012), 841-855.

Wosu, S.N., Hui, D., & Daniel, L. (2012). Hygrothermal effects on the dynamic compressive properties of graphite/epoxy composite material. COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, 43(3), 841-855.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2011.11.045.

Allazadeh, M.R., & Wosu, S.N. (2011). High Strain Rate Compressive Tests on Woven Graphite Epoxy Composites. APPLIED COMPOSITE MATERIALS, 18(4), 311-325.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10443-010-9159-6.

Dean, S.W., Deshmukh, P.V., Wosu, S.N., & Daniel, L. (2008). Finite Element Modeling of the Effects of Delamination Damage on the Natural Frequencies of Composite Panels. Journal of ASTM International, 5(5), 101156.ASTM International. doi: 10.1520/jai101156.

Deshmukh, P.V., Wosu, S.N., & Daniel, L. (2008). Finite Element Modeling Of The Effects Of Delamination Damage On The Natural Frequency. J. ASTM International, 5(5).

Dean, S.W., Ojo, O.B., Wosu, S.N., Slaughter, W., & Onipede, O.O. (2007). Effect of Penetrator Size on Dynamic Failure Response of Woven Graphite Epoxy Composites around the Critical Perforation Energy. Journal of ASTM International, 4(4), 100271.ASTM International. doi: 10.1520/jai100271.

Wosu, S.N. (2007). Anodic oxidation of tantalum in water and biological solutions using current limiting constant voltage method. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 42(11), 4087-4097.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10853-006-1114-4.

Wosu, S.N., & Hoy, D. (2006). Digital imaging and fractographical analyzes of perforation-induced delamination of laminated graphite-epoxy composite. JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS, 40(17), 1577-1602.SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/0021998306060163.

Wosu, S.N. (2005). Determination of inverse electric field strength of Ta1218O5 film produced in biological electrolytes using 18O(p, ¿)15N nuclear analysis. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 237(2005), 631-646.

Wosu, S.N. (2005). Determination of inverse electric field strength of (Ta2O5)-O-18 film produced in biological electrolytes using O-18(p, alpha) N-15 nuclear reaction analysis. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION B-BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS, 237(3-4), 631-646.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.nimb.2005.02.030.

Wosu, S.N., Hui, D., & Dutta, P.K. (2005). Dynamic Mixed-Mode I/II Delamination Fracture and Energy Release Rate of Unidirectional Graphite/Epoxy Composites. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 72(2005), 1531-1558.

Wosu, S.N., Hui, D., & Dutta, P.K. (2005). Dynamic mixed-mode I/II delamination fracture and energy release rate of unidirectional graphite/epoxy composites. ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS, 72(10), 1531-1558.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2004.08.008.

Wosu, S.N., Hui, D., & Dutta, P.K. (2003). Dynamic Mode II delamination of Unidirectional graphite/epoxy. Composite Part B, 34, 303-316.

Omojola, J.O., Thibodeaux, L.J., Novitsky, M., & Wosu, S.N. (1996). Effect Of Thin Layer Caps on Cesium Contaminated Bed Sediment Remediation. Division of Environmental Chemistry Preprints of Extended Abstracts, 36(1), 161-165.

Smith, D.H., Wosu, S.N., & Johnson, G.K. (1992). Morphologies of emulsions of conjugate phase pairs of amphiphile/oil/water. Langmuir, 81(4).

Wosu, S.N. (1991). Assessment of Nuclear Reaction Analysis for the measurement of O18 Concentration in Organic Samples. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, 62(B), 147.

(1989). Assessment of O18 Enriched Water as a Marker of Total Body Water. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, (B40/41), 833.

Wosu, S.N. (1989). Analysis of Ta2O5 Films Prepared in Biological Solutions by Nuclear Reactions. Bull. Amer. Phys. Soc., 33(8), 1736.

Wosu, S.N., Fischbeck, H.J., & Menzie, D.E. (1989). Measurement of Oil Reservoir Dispersivity by Nuclear Reaction Analysis. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, (B40/41), 857.

Gau, D., Sinex, D., Besterfield-Sacre, M., Abramowitch, S., & Wosu, S. (2020). Implementation of a Future Faculty Development Program: Impact and Evaluation of Years 1 & 2. In 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access Proceedings, 2020-June.ASEE Conferences. doi: 10.18260/1-2--34769.

Sinex, D., Besterfield-Sacre, M., Carter-Veale, W., Yohe, D., Abramowitch, S., & Wosu, S. (2020). The Pitt STRIVE Program: Adopting Evidence-Based Principles "The Meyerhoff and PROMISE Way”. In 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access Proceedings, 2020-June.ASEE Conferences. doi: 10.18260/1-2--35355.

Sinex, D.C.E., Besterfield-Sacre, M.E., Mena, I., Bilec, M., Abramowitch, S.D., & Wosu, S.N. (2020). The Development and Perceived Impact of Mentor-Mentee Retreats on the Long-Term Development and Enhancement of Mentor-Mentee Relationships. In 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2020-October.IEEE. doi: 10.1109/fie44824.2020.9274055.

Wosu, S.N., Abramowitch, S., & Gau, D. (2019). Early Lessons in Changing Engineering Culture for the Success of URM Doctoral Students in Engineering: PITT STRIVE. In 2019 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC), (pp. 287-294).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/isecon.2019.8882024.

Sandekian, R., Amadei, B., Brown, A., Jesiek, B.K., Lu, S.Y., Wosu, S.N., & Via, J.W. (2016). Panel discussion: Global engineering - What does that mean?. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2016-June.

Wosu, S.N. (2013). Impact of Academic Performance Improvement (API) skills on math and science achievement gains. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Wosu, S.N., & Pai, D.M. (2012). A model for Diversity and Equity: Diversity in engineering graduate education. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Wosu, S.N., & Pai, D.M. (2012). A model for Diversity and Equity: Diversity in engineering graduate education. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Wosu, S.N., & Daniel, L. (2008). Delamination and penetration damage detection and the effect of natural frequency on composite panels. In International Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008, 9, (pp. 5549-5559).

Wosu, S., & Lovell, M. (2007). Project care: The effect of enrichment of academic impact skills on Academic Performance Improvement (API) for stem careers. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Wosu, S., & Lovell, M. (2007). Project care: The effect of enrichment of academic impact skills on Academic Performance Improvement (API) for stem careers. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Wosu, S., Lovell, M., & Goldbach, R. (2004). Pitt engineering career access program: Building a pipeline for success through project CARE. In ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, (pp. 11043-11065).

Research interests

applications of laser Raman...
developing a model for maximizing...
development of laser-based...
development of polymeric...
Dynamic Penetration and Fracture...
dynamic problems in composites...
energy containment of impact...
fluid flow in porous media
impact physics and engineering of...
micro and thermo-mechanical...
oxygen metabolic pathways